The park's central walkway is marked by five 18-foot long panels, each representing one of the pillars of the Wisconsin idea.
Badgers have a long history of national service.
"I believe in fate and believe that when it's time to go, I'm going to go. And I would rather have a camera in my hand when it's that time."
A Justice For All
"My time in Madison amidst the political fervor of the day affirmed my faith in the law as a tool for racial and social justice."
"Equity in America is about economics. Some brave folks sat at the lunch counter. ... I bought the lunch counter."
Health Care Hero
BS 2010 MPA 2015
"Helping individuals change, that's all about finding their motivation and what they want to do."
Van Hise Rock, a national historic landmark, is located on Wisconsin Highway I36.
"I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every home in the state.
John & Tashia Morgridge
JOHN: BBA 1955
TASHIA: BSE 1955
"When one considers great research institutes, one thinks of institutes on either coast. In the future, we want them to think of the University of Wisconsin."
Students can use their talents and energies helping others while they're still on campus. Find opportunities at the UW's Morgridge Center for Public Service.
Discovery begins with research.
Stem Cell Researcher
"The opportunity to create and innovate is an advantage that I've always loved."
The eye that saw a wonder drug
MS 1954 PHD 1957
"We speak with different tongues, but we are as one in gratitude."
Since researcher James Thomson derived the first human embryonic stem cell in 1998, UW—Madison has been a world leader in exploring ways to use cell discoveries to cure diseases and heal injuries.
"Science is a field which grows continuously with ever-expanding frontiers."
"Conservation means more than preserving a few species of wildlife. It means the wise use of all the natural wealth of a great continent so that other generations of Americans can benefit by its resources and enjoy the same opportunities that we do today."
Inventor of the Magnetic Resonance Scanner
"I thought, if we could do on a human what we just did on that test tube, maybe we could build a scanner that would go over the body to hunt down cancer. It was kind of preposterous. But I had hope."
"UW alumni have risked their lives to push human knowledge beyond the bounds of earth."
JIM LOVELL: Attended 1946—48
BREWSTER SHAW: BS 1968 MS 1969
LAUREL CLARK: BS 1983 MD 1987
"Critical thinking and radical openness empower us to have empathy and compassion — they create a foundation for community."
André De Shields
"Time is longer than anything; live your life accordingly."
I had hopes and dreams of my mother, who taught me at a very early age that I could face any challenge or adversity put in my path by being compassionate and being kind."
"Farmworkers demand recognition and enforcement of wisconsin's progressive legislation."
"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
"The whole nation suffers from the failure to make use of one half of its brainpower and ability."
"Free men of every generation must combat renewed efforts of organized force and greed to destroy liberty."
We will cheer at Camp Randall, climb Bascom Hill in the winter, and pursue meaningful work. We will use our education, our experience, our spirit to build a brighter future.
"A people must have dignity and identity."
"There is no such thing as failure. Use everything as a lesson."
The UW is preparing alumni to make a global impact through leadership in language training.
Each year, thousands of Badgers graduate and leave Madison and then use what they learned on campus to improve the world. The annual Forward Under 40 Award honors alumni under age 40 who are living out the Wisconsin Idea. These are just a few of the honorees, Badgers who carry the benefits of a UW education around the world.
Do you know any UW–Madison alumni whose accomplishments are so extraordinary that they deserve broad recognition? Nominate them for a 2023 Alumni Award.